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obama defended his administration's reluctance to use military force to quell the syrian civil war. >> when we are working with the syrians themselves, so this is t externally imposed, but rather something that is linked directly with the aspirations of the people inside of syria, it will work better. lou: the king has also said the same. inside jordan comment they are the they delivered with answer should bashar al-assad we powers. >> we need to institute a transition as quickly as possible. if the issue ever came up, all of us would have to put our heads together and figure out if that would help the balce quickly. lou: the senate in the midst of a vote. their expressions, not ours. a senate budget bill being passed for the first time in more than four years. the congressional budget act of 1974 was signed into law. we will be taking that up with the "a-team." angela mcglowan, james toronto and doug schoen. our first guest is here to evaluate obama's middle east tour. today's focus on the enormous price on jordan as a result of the syrian civil war. joining me now is judith mille
with election day for you, trying to blend the obama administration for the mess in this country, where the public overwhelmingly believed it was george bush and republican congress have made that mess. >> i would suggest that romney did not do a good job of letting people have the facts that would cause them to hold the obama administration accountable for their policies. i do not take the difference and what you are saying -- > before these two begin wrestling -- we want to expand the conversation because we want to include questions. >> i am sorry, but having worked for governor romney and president bush, i feel obliged to make a couple of points. >> take your time. >> the bush library opens next week, and i believe as people look at his record compared to president obama's record, it will stack up very well, and history will be kind to him. in terms of governor romney, there are things the campaign did wrong. there is a lot of reflection on that. i think governor romney would have made a good president, and i would say also in terms of lessons learned, one of the lessons i learned i
, the other thing is what people don't realize is the t obama administration tried to de a lot more than just take troops out. they tried to re-engineer the government of iraq and create a more inclusive government where prime minister maliki and his rivals shared power. president obama even called out the president of iraq, jamal talabani, and asked him to resign. so one ofla maliki's rivals coud take the post. none of that happened. their strategy bfs a lot more than taking troops out. apropos your point on the troops, the reason that was a big issue is when the american forces left iraq-- and i think they were thinking about keepinh only 3,000 to 5,000 at thaton point when the negotiations didn't succeed-- and they didn't succeed because of errors on both sides, the americans andbe the iraqis, miscalculations on both sides. but it had a real important strategic consequence. iraq's airspace now is ungoverned territory. nobody controls iraqi airspace now. had we kepttr troops we would ht had maybe six or 10 planes. we don't have any aircraft thers and the iraqis don't have an air force. so w
the government was in control of x-many miles along the border with mexico but the obama administration threw that standard out. janet napolitano, homeland security secretary said it was archaic of the they said would come up with a super-duper measure of boarder security called the border security index or bci. two years passed and three years passed and they haven't come up with it. in a hearing before the house border security subcommittee last week the chairman of the committee said, is it ready yet? we really need this for immigration reform? homeland security official said, no, it's not ready yet. and by the way, it won't measure border security. and both republicans and democrats on that subcommittee seemed absolutely stunned. wait a minute, immigration reform depends on this and you will not have a way of measuring. and they said, no? they're back to square one how to measure border security. jon: just an astounding concept. the immigration and border patrol service has no way of actually measuring or knowing whether our southern border is secure? >> well, as you know, janet napolitan
it has now. >> senator, how would you describe the obama administration's relationship with putin? is he an effective partner in any way? can he be trusted in any way? >> well, i don't think any major country bases its national policy on trust of others. it really is ultimately based on self interest and what we think is in the interest of our own country and our own policies. i think there are some areas where our interests will coincide and we can cooperate, others where they're not. just obvious, syria is a major issue now. russia's longstanding friendship with the syrian government and its relationship there will make it difficult for it to part ways with assad, but they recognize, i think already, that they must do so and are embarking on a transition there. russia's relationship with iran is very important. remember, they once shared a long border when russia was the soviet union, and they've had a fraught relationship on and off at times. so we can enlist their support sometimes and other times that will not be the case. but we have to be patient and firm. again, our policies shou
to decide who gets the arms. the cia's covert backing comes despite the obama administration's public support for solely non-lethal aid to the rebels. meanwhile, the cia has further increased its role in syria by feeding intelligence to rebel fighters for use against the syrian government. the wall street journal reports the move comes as part of the u.s. effort to tamp down on islamist militants in syria by aiding secular forces. secretary of state john kerry has urged iraq to take action to stop iranian flights carrying arms to the al-assad regime to iraqi airspace. john kerry made the comments during a surprise visit to baghdad where he met with iraqi prime minister of maliki. >> i made it very clear that for those of us who are engaged in an effort to see president al- assad step down and to see a democratic process take hold with the transitional government according to the geneva communicate, those of us engaged in that effort, anything that supports president al-assad is problematic. and i made it very clear to the prime minister that the overflights from iran are in fact helpi
a spirited ii leaders. the discussion centered on iran's continued access to iraqi airspace. the obama administration believes eye ronnie -- irani planes are being flown to be used by uh sad's forces against the rebels. kerry says the behavior raises questions about the reliability as a partner. italy's highest court will consider the fate of amanda knox . they were first convicted and then acquitted of murdering her roommate, meredith kir ofer. customer -- kercher. they argued that she should return to jail. they say it is another form of harassment by the prosecution. >> she wins on monday, case closed, it is over and she can go forward without any further worry. >> kercher's family says there is still unanswered questions and we are searching for the truth. knox has spent the last year working on a memwior and hopes to earn her living as a writer. >> pope francis celebrated his first mass in st. peter's square today. he encouraged people to be humble and young at heart. the square over flowed with people eager to join the pope at the start of holy week. it leads up to easter sunday
climb a tree and does not like losing. >>> "morning joe" and obama administration tells them not to have flights leave with represents over syria. where so many have given their lives. ? to boldly go where no one has gone before. >> an irs ad. why your tax dollars went toward a "star trek" parody. more on that video when "way too early" comes right back. vo: from the classic lines to the elegant trim in each and every piece, bold will make your reality a dream. ♪ shimmy, shimmy chocolate. ♪ shimmy, shimmy chocolate. ♪ we, we chocolate cross over. ♪ yeah, we chocolate cross over. ♪ [ male announcer ] introducing fiber one 80 calorie chocolate cereal. ♪ chocolate. >>> all right. let's hit the water cooler. watch how the irs prepares for tax season. a "star trek" themed parody video starring irs employees was apparently filmed to help train workers at a leadership conference back in 2010 paid for with your tax dollars. >> back in russia i dreamed someday i'd be rich and famous. >> me too. that's why i became a public servant. >> what is it? >> i just received an emergency medica
administration there were 200 raids on dispen series. the obama administration has raided two as much in half the time. colorado and washington residents voted to fully legalize marijuana in their state. eric holder has yet to decide how he'll deal with state laws which contradict federal bans on marijuana. joining me now is jon walker, a senior policy analyst with "fire dog lake," a progressive news site. john has been covering the ongoing fight when the feds and the state when it comes to marijuana policy. jon, according to the latest quinnipiac polls, legalizing pot is showing similar numbers to support of gay marriage. is pot the new gay marriage? >> yeah, well the polling for pot and gay marriage is remarkably similar, and it has been that way for years. both have seen a 20% increase in support in the past decade, and both are subject to the same demographic divide. as the old people die out and get replaced there has been a sea change in how people support the issue. >> michael: we talked with christine pelosi about how quickly the evolution of gar marriage has ha
-profit companies. >> this has been the law since 1947 the obama administration has done nothing but reiterate and reissue these basic issue. >> if this rule were enforced it would kill my program. >> you have questions? >> my name is christina web texas state university i am a dietician major. in order to become a diet tiggs we have to do an internship. >> are they unpaid? >> most except government ones. >> she is forced to do it. that's by her college. sounds like the college is ripping people off. >> this is the real question here. it's not whether she should be paid or shouldn't be paid it's whether she had you hshould hav right to decide what compensation is. is compensation training, is compensation a line on your resume? i don't want these people to have the under the government the power of the state telling them you can't do an internship unless you are paid. >> do any of you think you can't decide for yourselves whether want to be paid with dollars as opposed to a line on your resume? are you that stupid? i know you are not. i've woshlg worked with 20 somethings for the past 20-years
. the discussion centered on iran's continued access to iraqi airspace. the obama administration believes eye ronnie -- irani planes are being flown to be used by uh sad's forces against the rebels. kerry says the behavior raises questions about the reliability as a partner. italy's highest court will consider the fate of amanda knox . they were first convicted and then acquitted of murdering her roommate, meredith kir ofer. customer -- kercher. they argued that she should return to jail. they say it is another form of harassment by the prosecution. >> she wins on monday, case closed, it is over and she can go forward without any further worry. >> kercher's family says there is still unanswered questions and we are searching for the truth. knox has spent the last year working on a memwior and hopes to earn her living as a writer. >> pope francis celebrated his first mass in st. peter's square today. he encouraged people to be humble and young at heart. the square over flowed with people eager to join the pope at the start of holy week. it leads up to easter sunday at -- at the end of the mass
the obama administration -- the policy has been widely seen by chinese as containment to china. so i'm just wondering what the united states should do to increase, you know, as a result of that view, help chinese think increase strategic mistrust between china and the united states. so the question is, what do you think the united states should do to change that? >> i think, i think, yes. i think one of the things we can do is, is focused again on economic activity. focus upon the cornerstone of what led to the dramatic prosperity and increase of wealth creation of around the world. and if that focus can be on trade and investment, and the protection of property rights, the basic issue of the foundation of economic prosperity, i think that's something that resonates and i think that's the way we explain why it is we want to see the reforms. the reforms we are asking for as we engage with countries around the world are reforms that actually benefit the populist in those countries. it's not just the rising tide is all boats in terms of economic trade and liberalized markets. it's also the fac
that the obama administration really wants to bring to the forefront with its allies. so in the case of the korean situation, war is an extreme likely possibility because -- extremely likely possibility because what you have here is this hair trigger response that is being created not only by the fact that we have troops there but also by the fact that we have this agreement in place now. >> what does that war look like i've been hearing about it a lot over the years. i'm not aware, am i prepared for what you just said, that war is a real possibility? >> war may not be a full blown war in the sense of a nuclear confrontation or even a major theater war with massive armies fighting each other across the korean peninsula as was the case in 1950s. but what will happen probably is you'll have responses to some very specific actions. so if an island is shelled, south korean island is shelled, there will be a response that will be commensurate with that action. there is also an action probably to get rid of the north korean command and control element actions against the south.itary- >> wh
in syria. president obama says that would be a red line. but administration critics charge that red line is turning pink. >> the president said this is a hard decision, if i go in, it might be wrong, if i go in, it might be wrong. >> no one wants american boots on the ground, but rogers and others want the obama administration to train and equip syrian opposition fighters it trusts. and "the new york times" reports the cia is stepping up efforts to help saudi arabia, qatar, and turkey get weapons to the opposition. but its president, who stood side by side with secretary of state john kerry just three weeks ago abruptly resigned. >> it's not about one person. it's about president assad, it's about a regime that is killing its own people. it's about an opposition that is bigger than one person, and that opposition will continue. >> and the split between the opposition civilian leaders and its fighters is growing. the rebels rejecting a new provisional prime minister. one expert on syria says the country now is headed for a complete meltdown if the obama administration doesn't stop hedging
to the table without that kind of concession which seems to be the sprotte the obama administration is trying right now. >> josh gerstein covers the white house from politico. joining us on our news line this morning, you can form josh's work and those of his colleagues at political.com. john kerry, as i mentioned, did stay in the region took a quick day trip to baghdad and today in kabul, where just sort of, i guess, planting his flag as talks with karzai what's going on there, josh? >> they have been ryetrying to work out for some time a calmer relationship with karzai. he made some pretty outlandish comments a few weeks ago that, you know, u.s. special forces were deliberately killing civill civilians and so forth. things that seemed bizarre. they have announced, i think five times now some kind of deal shutting down the u.s. prison in afghanistan and handing over control to the after gangs. we are told as of today, it's finally, done. like i said, it was basically announced before the president went a year ago and reannounced and karzai came here and sa
. if you look at the obama administration and the defense of marriage act, first the administration sabotage the case in its pertaining to defend and then abandoning the arguments that had been made previously in legislation. and then failing to adopt the claims made by both parties, it claimed that it had some basis in no longer defending the defense of marriage act at all. and then in california you had governor schwarzenegger and then attorney braun failing to live up to those responsibilities. complications and it may explain why we do not have too much trust in this area. there can be some we're a hypothetical situations down the road. weird, hypothetical situations down the road. but i think in both cases there is ample room for the court to reach the merits. >> paul, what do you think? >> it seems that the minimal expectation of people in this position is that they file the appeal. and therefore, make sure that the case gets up to the highest authority of court to decide the merits of the case. the decision that the obama administration made to continue to enforce doma and al
to see a more democratic future and does put the obama administration in the position of trying to have to push very hard, i think right now behind the scenes, on morsi to cease and desist against some of the the stronger warnings he's giving. >> megyn: and a theocratic you've been concerned about, ambassador bolt anden you sat when the arab spring was a wonderful turning point and expressed concerns back then, about where this might lead. and what do you see as the major risk to america in watching all of this? >> well, if morsi is able to hold on to power, to suppress the opposition, to keep the military basically acquiescing in what he's doing, then i think he's both going to increase depression domestically, we've already seen 100,000 christians flee egypt since the fall of mubarak, and i think he'll do what he promised to do in the election campaign for president, and that is abrogate the camp david accord. he's already grown closer to iran. i think the overall deterioration in strategic stability in the middle east only gets worse if morsi consolidates power. that's bad for the un
that the israeli government is interested in occupying iran and i don't think the obama administration wants to do so. it seems that the strategy, if there is one, is to make some kind of surgical strike to knock out the iranian nuclear capacity. and i'm just curious, is that possible or is that an example of faith-based strategy lacks and for the general in particular, in that you have raised the importance of understanding how the opponent is going to respond, what is the likely spot of the iranians to what is, what we hope to be a surgical strike such as the israeli delivered on iraq? >> i think we got it. why do they deal with iraq and iran, and there's another issue, which i want to address. on iraq, the question is for some, who bears responsibility? i think the answer is very obvious, we do. we started the war. the iraqis didn't attack us. we went in. some may feel for legitimate reasons, others may feel for dubious reasons. some like myself feel for fraudulent reasons. but in any case the fact is we started it so we are responsible for what happened. i wish we had done better, even though
hillary clinton was doing. >> and barack obama. that was the administration's stated goal. the real answer is that the middle east, regardless of whether the united states achieves energy independence any time soon, the middle east is a geopolitical center that is not easy to pivot away from. i think that daunting list of challenges that you just ran over suggests why that is. i also think if you look at what senator-turned-secretary kerry's agenda is, you get the sense of this is still very much a political figure. he spent 29 years in the senate which prizes a kind of face-to-face diplomacy, if you will, the handshake, the look 'em in the eye. that was a mission that then senator kerry often undertook for barack obama when he was the chairman of the senate foreign relations committee. he went to afghanistan. he met with karzai. i think this is a somewhat familiar role for him. it's very different, by the way, than the way that hillary clinton used her time and credibility in the job. >> ifill: whether it's syria or what we just saw in afghanistan or whether it's worrying about the red li
people in the administration that have any sort of appetite for a war in iran. the same goes with syria. we saw with the libya entanglement, we saw sort of barack obama's doctrine. he is going to be looking for very much multinational-type force. he is going to the u.n. he is looking for the french to take a lot of the lead. he is going to be -- but nobody, even with both syria and with iran, there is no nobody particularly at the pentagon who is really wanting to do this right now. and barack obama least of all. chris: michael. >> chris, this poses problems, the perception which i think is accurate of our wearyness causes problems particularly in iran. people don't believe that this president really is willing to follow through on the use of force because they think that his head is still looking back at iraq. someone who spoke to him recently told me a few days ago that he has said about syria, words to the effect of "i know how i get in. tell me how i get out. i don't know how to get out." he is still thinking of what we got into unexpectedly in iraq, the unintended consequences of a
the rebels. meanwhile, president obama has said use of chemical weapons would be a red line for his administration. but if these latest accusations prove true, is now the time for u.s. boots on the ground? here now to tell us is house intelligence committee chair mike rogers. he's a republican from michigan. keith and jimmy are still with us. chairman rogers, thank you very much, sir. is there truly conclusive evidence that one side or the other has really used chemical weapons. >> larry, when i look at all of the evidence, all of the intelligence, and the body of reporting over the last two years, i come to the conclusion with a high probability that the assad regime has used, at least in limited quantities, chemical weapons. they've also put them in a position to be used, and i believe, and the intelligence community, i think, believes that they have serious intent to use them under the right circumstances. so the red line that the president talked about, august 20th, was, if they move chemical weapons or use chemical weapons, that changes the calculus. we have a humanitarian cris
agenda to attack the second amendment. >> bougttom line, will presiden obama sign a new set of gun control measures? >> i hope we end up signing something that updates the system and gets those mentally incompetent and adjudicated into the system. we forced the administration somehow to enforce the federal gun laws. i know they don't want to do it but they ought to do it. it's their responsibility. that would make people safe. put programs like project exile in every american city where if you're a drug dealer, a gang member, or a felon and you touch a gun, it's a 100% certainty you're going to be prosecuted and tagen off the street. that ought to start tomorrow morning. but it won't do it unless the national media gets on the administration and calls them out for their incredible lack of enforcement of these laws. >> we're going to leave it there. wayne lapierre, always appreciate you coming on and taking my questions. >> thanks for having me. >>> coming up here, reaction and analysis from our roundtable on the gun debate. and the other big issue coming up this week at the supreme
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